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  1. We have a “bow string” metal roof on a 1980 Atlantic home. We bought the home used, transported it to raw land and began major renovations (tearing out everything room by room from the floor joice up including drywall, insulation, siding and even had to replace framing 2 x 4s). The indication of roof leaks was always directly under J – rail where the J – rail had separated but water marks were at the interior ceiling to top of wall area and subfloors were rotted/moldy from bottom of wall in about 3 feet. Area we live in is semi-arid. What I need is a drawing of the edge of the metal roof where the J – rail is attached at the top of exterior walls. In one area, everything was replaced and after 4 months a heavy rain occurred and the leak is back – subfloor wet, new drywall soaked from bottom to about 1 foot up and had to be removed again along with wall insulation – so frustrating. I really need to know what the edge of the original metal roof looked like (drawings) so we can fix those leaks before we install a new metal pitched roof over the antiquated one. We do all of our own work.

    1. Hi Laura,

      Here’s an image that shows where the J-channel is on an older mobile home. If you are putting a new metal roof over the home I recommend a minimum 6″ eave so you can have better protection than the J-channel.

      Hope that helps!

    1. Hi, Linda!

      These 2 articles have some step-by-step photos and advise on how to repair and paint cracks in regular mobile home walls made of POG or VOG (paper on gypsum or vinyl on gypsum). The problem with most mobile home wall and ceiling cracks is that we can’t find replacements that match the patterns (or ceiling panels that are long enough) so we have to get creative.

      The first article is called How to Update Vinyl Walls in Mobile Homes and the second one is Our favorite Tricks to Update Mobile Home Paneling. Just click on the titles. Best of luck!

  2. Very thorough overview of roof repair tips. I would add that anytime a commercial roof is leaking you should call a professional right away. If it’s TPO membrane you can do more damage to the roof by trying to figure out the problem on your own.

  3. How much should I expect to pay to put a metal roof on my 12×50 mobile home. Nothing fancy just attaching to the existing roof. The existing roof needs more than re coating as it has had in the past.

    1. Hi Pam,

      In WV, you could probably get a new roof installed for around $4-5k. I understand things are a lot more expensive in other states though, especially labor so keep that in mind. Make sure to get at least 3 estimates and research the company before you hire them.

  4. Yep, I use that liquid polymeric roof coating that goes on like paint and drys like a contiguous sheet of rubber. That stuff will stop anything. I used to use Snow Roof but it seems difficult to find so I get the stuff with the red lid at Lowes. One 4 1/2 gallon bucket will cover my 14×60 roof one time. I like to put on 2 coats to be sure. It can be tinted as well with regular paint tint if you don’t like the bright white. I prefer the bright white since its reflective properties also help my AC thermostat.

  5. well quite right roofs are the most neglected part of our houses we most of the people trying to maintain their interiors but they ignore roofs.
    My recent post Right products for fixing RV roof leaks